Actor Zara Noor Abbas opened up about her struggle with anxiety and her spiritual journey in a recent interview with lifestyle coach Eram Saeed.
The host spoke about how society only wants to let people who look a certain way talk Islam. The Badshah Begum actor added that it’s as if Islam belongs to one person. She said society expects those people who can talk about Islam to only be from certain professions and they definitely can’t know anything about music or anything related to art.
Speaking about people judging unnecessarily, she asked, “How can anybody judge how strong someone’s faith is based on their profession?”
Saeed and Abbas also discussed how people are quick to label and the actor said it saddens her that educated people applaud those who abandon their careers entirely in the name of religion. “This is supposed to be very personal,” she said of the journey towards faith and religion.
Abbas spoke about her newfound interest in learning more about Islam, as well as her strong belief in Allah. She also spoke about the psyche and the importance of healing your past trauma.
“There comes a day when you get an anxiety attack, or your brain’s fogged, that’s when you don’t understand what’s happening. You become suicidal, very angry, mean and bitter, and that’s when you realise that there are so many untapped emotions within me that need to be healed but since I am in a rut, I wasn’t able to end them,” the actor said.
“I want to talk more about it because I’ve been through hell and back — I fall flat on my face, and then I get up, and then again something happens, every time I say, ‘Allah, not anymore’, and every time I get up, He blesses me with something out of my imagination,” she said.
Abbas has previously spoken about the traumatic experience of delivering a stillborn baby and the guilt she felt afterwards.